A total of 13 secondary schools from Ipoh participated in the preliminary rounds of the Inter-School Quiz 2011 organised by the Rotary Club of Kinta. After a gruelling session of questions on current affairs, local and international sports, history, geography and English, SMK Tambun, SMK Methodist ACS, SMK Tarcisian Convent and SMK St Michael emerged as finalists. The four schools competed for the Challenge Trophy donated by Charter Member and Past President Eddy Chong, a sport enthusiast who was associated with the National Bowling Association.
The Organising Chairman, in his closing speech, encouraged students to broaden their knowledge by reading more and being aware of current affairs. “It is sad to know that many students are only examination oriented and haven’t acquainted themselves with such interests as general knowledge and current affairs,” he said. “Students should know the history of Ipoh City and how it became known internationally as the ‘City That Tin Built’ or the ‘City of Millionaires’.”
The winning team was newcomer SMK Tambun Ipoh, which consisted of Daniel Arul Nesan, Navitha Kuppusamy, Mohd, Izzuddin and Ganesh Thirumanran. Daniel was adjudged Outstanding Participant of the Quiz because he was able to answer all the questions with precision.
Prizes were presented by Dato’ Dr. M. Subramainam, the President of the Rotary Club of Kinta.
Rotary Club of Ipoh sponsored the construction of a covered walkway for students of SK La Salle recently. The walkway, which extends from the school gates to the main building, is 140 feet long and costs RM11,000. The official handover ceremony was held on June 3 in conjunction with the school’s Speech Day. Rotary Club President, Wu Chee Tutt, expressed his enthusiasm in being able to contribute after being approached by the school principal, Lai Kum Ming. Shirley Yeoh, PTA chairperson, thanked members of Rotary Club of Ipoh for their generosity. The Speech Day ended with a rousing Indian cultural dance performed by students of the school.
SMK Raja Perempuan (RPS) hosted the handing-over ceremony of an organic farm to the school by Rotary Club of Ipoh recently. The “Organic Farming, Composting and Environmental Protection for Secondary Schools” is a project initiated by the Rotary Club of Ipoh in collaboration with RPS. The project’s intention is to educate school students on sustainable and agro-free farming methods using canteen green wastes and organic compost. The project, which began in August 2009, was then adopted by CIMB Bank under its community-link initiative. “This is one of CIMB Group’s corporate social responsibility programmes aimed at providing a long-term positive impact on the community”, said Azliza Ahmad Zaman, CIMB Ipoh’s Branch Manager. Rotary Club Ipoh President, Wu Chee Tutt, remarked that the primary objective was to encourage students to adopt a hands-on approach to environmental protection. Rotary Club Ipoh was later presented with a cheque worth RM31,000 by CIMB Bank. “The organic farm would benefit teachers and students”, said a delightful Cik Rusnani, the school’s principal.